The earth and all of its magic is an ever evolving and curious place. Mother nature with her loving arms and violent moods shapes our way of life in unimaginable ways; keeping us at her mercy and yet comforting us at the same time. It is with the earth that wine emerges and it is with the winemaker that these wines can dance with our “mother” to create a melody for our tastebuds.
Every so often there is a grape that seeps into my soul and warms my body like a sunlit afternoon. The 2013 Stags Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon was a vintage that re-enforced my passion for wine and with every sip I became more infatuated with its history and the evolution of such nectar.
Named from the Greek Goddess of the Hunt, the protector of agriculture and devoted to nature,
Stags Leap Artemis Cab was bold and balanced like its heir. It was powerful, as the daughter of Zeus should be, yet calming, warm, and sensual at the finish. A full bodied red, aged for 18 months in American oak, boasted a mouthful of savory ripe fruits with hints of exotic spice and earthly undertones. Artemis gently carrying herself through the lush forrest, as a Stag, whispered in my ear with every mouthful. Plums and berries bounced from bud to bud inviting my tongue to the dance and leaving my mouth with nothing but smiles.
Napa Valley and all its beautiful complexity was evident in this wine. The red and bright fruits intertwined with dark and robust blackberry and plum. A color of crimson and romantic vibrations splashed my glass and calmed my senses like the sea just before a storm.
92 points and worth every one this Cabernet from Stags Leap is elegant, fierce, and honorable. The wine named for Artemis has certainly accomplished to capture this goddess’s heart.